About Us

We fund justice for all: provide legal services, promote diversity, and educate the public.

History

1981

The Oregon Law Foundation was created by the Oregon State Bar to fund law-related charities.

1983

Oregon’s lawyers created a voluntary Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program. IOLTA programs began in Australia and Canada in the early 70’s. The concept was simple: the Foundation asked members of the Bar to convert their non-interest bearing, pooled client trust accounts into interest-bearing accounts, with the interest benefiting the Foundation.

1988

The OLF, the Oregon State Bar, and the Oregon Supreme Court worked together to transform the voluntary IOLTA program into a mandatory one. In November 1988, Oregon lawyers voted 2-1 for mandatory IOLTA, and Oregon’s mandatory IOLTA program began May 1, 1989.

2005

Oregon Banks worked with the OLF to create the Leadership Bank program (now called Partners in Justice) to highlight the generosity of banks that voluntarily pay above-market interest rates on IOLTA.

Staff

Judith Baker
Executive Director
 
Bill Penn
Assistant Director

Board

Bernie Thurber
President
Portland, Oregon
Elisa Dozono
President-elect
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Portland, Oregon
Elise Bouneff
Secretary
Columbia Bank
Portland, Oregon
Randy Compton
Treasurer
Pioneer Trust Bank
Salem, Oregon
Valerie Colas
Office of Public Defense Services
Salem, Oregon
Kristen Connor
Heritage Bank
Portland, Oregon
Kamron L. Graham
Portland, Oregon
Oregon Supreme Court Appointee
Ethan Knight
US Attorney’s Office
Portland, Oregon
Brena Lopez
Department of Justice
Salem, Oregon
Traci Ray
Barran Liebman LLP
Portland, Oregon
David Rosen
High Desert Law, LLC
Bend, Oregon
Hon. David Schuman
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon
Laura Shipley
Bank of America
Portland, Oregon
Kathleen Rastetter
Portland, Oregon
OSB Board of Governors Liaison

 

 

Contact

Oregon Law Foundation
16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd.
PO Box 231935
Tigard, OR 97281-1935 2018
503-431-6373
oregonlawfoundation@osbar.org

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